Woman charged with murder in DPS officer's death

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The woman who led Department of Public Safety officers on a high-speed chase that ended in the death of one of those officers has been formally charged with murder.

Georgia Baker, 43, was charged with felony first degree murder, a class 1 felony, and unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle, a class 5 felony.

Prosecutors say Baker fled from DPS officers when they attempted to stop her on the Loop 101 near Cave Creek and 7th Avenue on December 17.

Officer Chris Marano attempted to lay out stop sticks to disable Baker's allegedly stolen SUV. Baker reportedly veered in Marano's direction and when he leaped out of the way, he jumped into the path of the pursuing DPS cruiser.

Even though Baker did not deliberately kill Marano, a unique Arizona law allowed her to be charged in connection with his death. That law specifically permits murder charges against a person who runs from law enforcement officers if someone died in the course of that pursuit.